Being a resilient leader starts with applying the oxygen mask analogy that before we can help others we need to look after ourselves. Resilient people tend to be more positive, have flexibility in thinking, are able to get their emotions under control quickly and have developed the mental agility to naturally focus on the benefits of a change.
Our brain is like Velcro for bad news and Teflon for good. From evolution, we are programmed to default to the negative and we need to be mindful of this tendency and choose to balance the mix. We can do so by consciously savouring positive experiences and seeking out feelgood stories and films which help us to produce dopamine and serotonin, our happy hormones.
I had an interesting experience a few days ago. Last month I submitted a carefully crafted application to take part in an event that had the potential to accelerate my career in an area I am keen to develop. I was feeling optimistic, hopeful and somewhat confident. Yesterday I received notice that I had not […]